I needed to do a presentation at the College of Commissioner Science and realized too late that I’d need a projector.  Someone there would have one but statistically it’d be someone I’d rather not owe anything to so I opted for bringing my 27″ iMac.  The benefits were that it works in full light and there’s almost no set-up.  I got there, set up, and found that two people were scheduled to instruct the same session.  This is the kind of asinine shit that’s made me want to ragequit Scouting some time ago that I at least now have an end date for.  The training was otherwise fine and consisted of 10 trainers for 14 people, another dose of farce I’m glad I can escape for a bit.

After this I went to camp where there were six campmasters for the six odd campers present.  At a few points, Don Wiater would leave the table and want to check on a sports game and I’d yell “Come back, Don.  Who needs the cold embrace of a TV when you have us.”  Like I was one talk to talk about blocking people out to look at displays:

Since it's not a tower, it must be a laptop.

I arrived at camp around 1 PM to check on some things and snow began falling shortly thereafter.  By the time I went to leave I was told to stay as the roads were quite messy.  So I was forced to help the Campmaster Corps eat food, watch movies, play Scrabble and kvetch about Scouting until 1 AM when the roads were clear enough to go home.  I now know why the movement has such difficulty attracting adults with such a rigorous service regiment as that.

I still very much prefer speed Scrabble (two minutes per play) versus traditional Scrabble which takes three times as long with scores only slightly higher.  These fast pace games appear to bring out the more primal end of play as the first game brought the following NSFW words:

CUNT, PENIS, PENISES, BRIDE, BREED, COY, and LUTS (anagram of SLUT but LUTS was worth more points) and once instance where a proper two person combination could have spelled DONKEYPUNCH across two triple word scores.

During our rounds, we checked in on the leaders from yesterday and ran into them handing out cigars. Which would have been fine until they started walking towards the woods where their kids were building emergency shelters. I told them about the BSA’s no smoking around kids policy,Continue reading